Antti Paalanen creates his wild music on the accordions so familiar to Finnish folkmusic. Although inspired by tradition, Paalanen has nevertheless created a sound world all his own, where tradition gives way to trance-like minimalism, EDM influenced beats, influences of Siberian throat-singing and controlled and insightful use of modern sound technology.
Antti Paalanen released his third album Meluta 2014. This album showcased a musician who is not only a brilliant accordion player but also a composer who takes his instrument to the limit: he screams at the accordion, stomps on the floor, pounds the bellows, and snorts like a raging bull. In Paalanen’s hands the accordion is a living, breathing dance machine.
Antti Paalanen has performed successfully in Europe, Japan, Canada and USA since the release of album Meluta. The new album Rujo was released by Rockadillo Records in 2019 and it is getting fantastic reviews. Album was selected for the TOP OF THE WORLD – The editor’s selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May 2020 issue of Songlines!